Hey guys!

I killed 2 birds with one stone on this next project.  My son has a big blank space above his dresser that has been staring at me for the last several months… Ok for like the last year.

I also find myself picking up his baseball hats all day long stacking them in his closet.  So…  I found a fun way to fill that space and take care of my hat problem 🙂

Here is how it turned out!

Ledge with Hooks

How to build a ledge with hooks

This is very similar to the picture ledges I did on his other wall, but I really wanted to beef this one up.  Here is the wood I used for the shelf…

How to build a picture ledge

That’s around $12 in wood for this shelf.  You can see above where I used my Kreg Jig to add some pocket holes on my 2×4.  I did 7 1.5″ pocket holes on one side of the 2×4.

Kreg Jig

To attach my 2×4 and 2×6, I used 2.5″ pocket holes screws through my pocket holes and attached them like this…

Picture Ledge Step 1

Next, I attached my 1×3 that serves as the lip of the shelf.  I first added a line of Gorilla Wood glue like this.

Gorilla Wood Glue

Next, I used my Ryobi AirStrike Cordless nail gun to attach the 1×3 like this…

Ryobi AirStrike Nail Gun

For those of you that still don’t have this nail gun… Add it to the Christmas list!  You will thank us!  It’s too legit to quit.  Super easy and powerful and totally awesome all at once.

That’s it for assembly!  Doesn’t really get much easier than that!

I stained this shelf the same color as his bed, nightstands and other pieces.  They are all Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut.  I let that dry and hung it up.

To attach mine to the wall, I decided the best method would be to use wood screws through the 2×6 back and into the studs of the wall.  Before hanging it, I used a stud finder to find the studs in my wall.  This is another great tool to have handy.  You will probably be surprised how much you end up using it!  I used 3.5″ screws for this part.

I had my dad hold the ledge in place while I put the wood screws into place.

Hang Ledge on Wall

Excuse my grainy photos!  We actually had rain today and this is as good as it gets 😉

After getting the shelf hung up, I added the hooks.  I found these great hooks at Home Depot.  They are actually called robe hooks.

You can also find them super cheap on Amazon here…

I measured off each one and drilled a small hole where each screw would be…

Attach hooks to ledge

My last step was attaching them with the hooks!  I used my Ryobi 18V drill for this also!

Hooks on Ledge

And here it is all done and pretty!  I mean ‘cool’…

Ledge with Hooks DIY DIY Wood Ledge

DIY Ledge

How to build a ledge with hooks

Ledge with Hooks

DIY Ledge with Hooks

 What do you think??

I hope you love it as much as he does 🙂  I would love for you to share my shelf and PIN if below too!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Let me know if you have any questions at all 🙂


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  1. Great idea! Do you think this shelf would be sturdy enough to hang backpacks? I would screw it directly into studs as well, but wondering if you think the 1×3 would be sturdy enough to hold up to bags of books. Thanks in advance for your input!

  2. Love how that looks with the dresser below. Very cute..um I mean cool! I’m guessing you made the dresser/TV stand too? If so, I want one!

  3. Looks great! I’ve been trying to decide what to do with my son’s hats too! You know we’ll ask… where did you get the stars and the metal piece? Cool touches!